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Links 1 through 3 of 3 by Latoya Peterson tagged hip-hop

"Misnomer(S) consists of two Korean-American sisters from Buffalo, NY, known on stage as Knewdles and Sos (yes, pronounced noodles and sauce). What sets them apart is not the “novelty” of being Asian female hip-hop artists but how they combine lyrics and instrumentation: Knewdles is an emcee and Sos is a violinist.

"My favorite song (which is FIRE to see live!) is “For What It’s Worth,” addressing the ignorant catcalls women face, particularly Asian women who are often fetishized as “china dolls” or “geisha girls.” They raise the issue of misplaced assumptions that lump all Asian women in one category without accounting for ethnicity and culture, and the idea that they are submissive tools for sexual pleasure. More broadly, they express the exasperation of being questioned about their racial background because of their skin and eyes and how many people won’t accept them as Americans first."

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"'The first thing people think of when it comes to Asian emcees is that it’s almost like an oxymoron,' said Tsai. 'Hip hop was created out of poverty, and this whole idea that Asian Americans are the model minorities leads to the belief that they can’t possibly have struggles to talk about.'"

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WTF? "Many white rockers—Pink Floyd and David Bowie, most prominently—have taken to the cosmos for inspiration, but space has played a particularly vital role in the articulation of African-American musical identity."

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